Dr Michael Wilkinson on Authoritarian Populism

11 February 2020


Dr. Michael Wilkinson will be speaking at the conference Angry Times: Populism and Democracy Discontent in Tallinn this week. His lecture ‘Authoritarian Liberalism and Authoritarian Populism: Opposition or Inflection?' will argue that authoritarian populism, often presented in opposition to the liberal international order in general, and the European Union, in particular, is, on the contrary, a symptom or inflection of this order, purporting but failing to fill in the void that the liberal political order has created and maintained in its own authoritarian fashion. The relationship between authoritarian populism and authoritarian liberalism is therefore less one of antagonism than of mutual dependence.